Democratically develop a coordinated and systemic approach to address gaps and areas of improvements in the Central New York food system.
Produce specific recommendations to create a more socially just, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable food system.
Increase public awareness about the importance and impact of the regional food system.
This project is part of an ongoing effort to collaboratively develop a strategic plan for Onondaga County that includes food as a central organizing element. Our goal is to gather information from many different perspectives to create a snapshot of the CNY food system.
Over 50 key food system actors were interviewed including farmers, public health experts, restaurateurs, and anti-hunger advocates. Information was analyzed to find trends, attitudes, and areas in need of improvement. The team is also holding a series of stakeholder meetings designed to foster transparency in the food planning process. Interviews and meetings will culminate in a print report detailing findings.
An intended outcome of the process is the creation of the Central New York Food System Council. The council is designed to continue to listen and address the needs of the community through open forums and regular monthly stakeholder meetings.